Thursday, December 2, 2010
HTML 5 Up and Running by Mark Pilgrim is a simple straight-to-point type of book. It talks about the evolution of HTML 5, giving a sense of how most web standards are formulated. The book gives quite a good number of examples that explain how to use the features present in HTML 5 (they are a bit shallow though).
The book is 200 pages long with close to 80 pages dedicated to video and form components as they are found in HTML 5, the rest of the book talks about things like rendering images in a browser, offline capabilities and storage. As expected this book would be more apppealing to web designers than developers, so if you are a web designer and you haven't tried out the HTML 5 features (not indirectly) on any thing you are building then you should grab a copy of this and dive into the beautiful world of HTML 5. You will no longer need to write scripts to create a date picker as HTML 5 already provides one for you.
The book also discusses HTML 5 features that will enable you develop rich and efficient content for mobile browsers and that is what i find most interesting.
HTML 5 gives you a very good head start into using HTML 5 for web development but you may need to get more literature on it to get a real hang of this industry changing standard.
I have heard a alot of stories about the history of computers and all the people involved in it. I have even come across several movies that talk about how computers evolved and all that but i have never come across anything as detailed in computer history as this book called hackers by Steven Levy.
hackers takes you on a journey back into time and all the way back into the future of computer hardware and software. To be specific it starts with how computers and the people who loved them related way back in the fifties. With such details as some rarely talked about or known hackers, their family backgrounds, their interests and relationships (not with the opposite sex but with computers and fellow hackers) one gets a true feeling and understanding of what it took to hack computers at that time.
Anyone who presently hacks computer hardware or software should read this book, trust me, you feel good and hack even better when you read this ;-).
the book has a total of 483 pages with four (4) sections and twenty (20) chapters as presented below:
Part One. TRUE HACKERS
CAMBRIDGE: The Fifties and Sixties
The Tech Model Railroad Club
The Hacker Ethic
Greenblatt and Gosper
The Midnight Computer Wiring Society
Winners and Losers
Part Two. HARDWARE HACKERS
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Seventies
Revolt in 2100
Every Man a God
The Homebrew Computer Club
Part Three. GAME HACKERS
THE SIERRAS: The Eighties
The Wizard and the Princess
The Third Generation
Wizard vs. Wizards
Part Four. THE LAST OF THE TRUE HACKERS
The Last of the True Hackers
Afterword: Ten Years After
Reading this book was fun and very enlightening, though i feel the author should have focused a little more on recent hacker history.